Our Love Story – Part 3

If you’re just joining this series, be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 before you read this post!

After the drama of being under bad influences as early teenagers, God began to work in both of our hearts – He continued to set the stage for a beautiful friendship that would grow into an amazing relationship.

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I failed to mention in Part 2 of our story that when I turned thirteen, my parents and I made an agreement (a covenant) with each other. I promised to keep my heart and they promised to protect me until the right man came along. Mom and Dad gave me a heart and key necklace to symbolize that covenant. (Remember this because an amazing thing happened with that necklace!)

Obviously I failed to keep up my end of the agreement as an early teen, but I’m thankful for forgiveness, restoration and loads of God’s grace.

In 1996, all the cozy, supportive props were one-by-one kicked out from under me.  In April, that “other boy” that I told you about literally disappeared overnight. Gone.

My heart broke.

In September, my dear Granddaddy passed away after a six week long hospital stay. During his illness and funeral service my heart began to soften. I felt alone, humanly speaking, but God was working on my soul. Even though I was so undeserving, He began to show me His presence and His love. I began to realize that:

“Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life”

For the first time in my life, I really thirsted for God. Instead of doubting my salvation, I started to see “fruit” in my life that gave me hope and confidence in Christ.

During this time, Ernie was away working all over the country with his dad’s electrical crew. They rewired lights in grocery stores and hospitals with energy saving fixtures. Let’s just say, it was not an ideal situation for an impressionable early teen to be away from home, living in hotels and around icky influences.

I’m so glad that I didn’t really know how Ernie was living during those years. I probably wouldn’t have ever given him a second thought.

But God had other plans.

{To be continued…}

Fun Question:  How long have you known your spouse?

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  1. Amanda Bosque says

    I have known my husband now for 8 years. We met and starting dating at the end of my senior year in high school when he was still a junior. We will be married 5 years this December!

    I love reading your story. It’s so interesting to see your background and what all you went through! So glad you overcame your obstacles :)

  2. says

    I have enjoyed reading your Love Story. In some ways, it is similar to my story. My husband and I met in the middle school band when we were 13. We were not interested in each other (romantically speaking) until his senior year (my junior year) of high school. Now, eight years later we just celebrated our 4 year anniversary and have a beautiful daughter who turns 1 on Sunday! God is good – his timing is always perfect!
    .-= Greta´s last blog ..New Krystal Coupons (& don’t forget those Huggies coupons!) =-.

  3. says

    Love hearing love stories. :) I met my husband Dec. 2003 through one of my best friends and his sister. Funny looking back, we had been in many of the same places at the same times growing up – just never met then. God knew I wouldn’t have given him a chance during those troubled teen years. Funny how timing works out – can’t wait to hear the rest.

  4. says

    Love that you’re posting your love story as a series! So fun! I’ve known my sweet husby for 11 years now (since we were 16) – our love story is on my blog :)

  5. Jessica says

    My husband and I dated for 3 months when I was 16 and he was 15. We broke up and were apart for about a year and half… the worst time of my life! We got back together in 1998 when I was 18 and he was 17. Got married in 05, had baby one in 07, and baby two in 09!!! God is good!

  6. says

    Myra, I have so enjoyed reading your unfolding love story.

    I have known my husband for nearly 11 years and we will have been married for seven years this fall.

  7. Katie says

    I met my husband when I was 7 and he was 14 when his family moved in next door. I guess I was literally “the girl next door” 😉 We didn’t start dating until I was 18 and then got married 3 years later. We will be married 4 years this summer!

  8. says

    LOL was thinking about your question and I giggle and know what people are thinking when they hear our story!

    I met my husband in December 2005 , he was attending my then roommate and best friend church and he came over to fix the furnace of our house.

    In Jan 2007 he keep coming over for tea like once a weeks, I had another roommate that was his age (he is 5 years younger then I) so I taught he had a thing for her!!!

    In March 2007 he took me out for coffee, yes alone, I taught he was going to ask me how to ask my roommate out (several guys had done that previously!!!) To my surprise he told me that he had been praying for his future spouse and that God was telling him that I was the one.

    So we prayed and weird thing we started a courtship right that day. (he knew that my parents were not Christian and that they do not look at courtship with a positive eyes so he did not ask my father for permission)

    2 weeks later, after spending the evening with his family while he drove me home he propose!!! and 3 months later we were husband and wife!!!!

    Well 1 1/2 after our wedding God blessed us with the news of a little blessing on the way, and we have been married for almost 4 years now and baby #3 is due anytime!!!

    Was it always easy, no but we have grown closer and have a deeper love because we are growing together! God is in the center of our marriage and He did wrote our love story, Hid plan are the best and we are blessed by it!!!

    Have a blessed day
    Renee
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Missing you old friend =-.

  9. says

    I just wanted to tell you that I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and I’m loving hearing your love story! It’s so sweet (so far), and I can’t wait to hear the rest!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Top Two Tuesday! =-.

  10. says

    We are both 30 (well, I will be 30 this July), and we met when we were 19 and got married at 21 and now have 3 kids. It is by God’s grace we are where we are today. Blessings~

  11. says

    I met my husband the day before I graduated high school. After talking to him we found out that we both “noticed” each other at a 4-H event a few months earlier!!! So I have known my husband for 10 years! :) :) :) we have been married for almost 9 years
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Country Blessings Photography =-.

  12. Sarah says

    I’ve known my husband for six years, married for five. BUT, when we met, we discovered that we went to the same middle school, had many of the same friends, and even lived around the corner from each other for years, but never met! Isn’t that funny?

    Oh, and I can really relate to your story because both my husband and I went through times in our lives that were dark times when we weren’t “living up to our potential”. Mine was the two years after my mom’s death, which was my senior year of college. His was during high school and after, prior to joining the US Army.

    BUT, all of those mistakes taught us to be humble, how to appreciate what we have, and of course, they were part of God’s plan that eventually led us to each other. Now we have two precious boys and life is good!

  13. says

    We’ve known OF each other for 24 years, we began dating 22 years ago, and we’ve been married for 17 years this past October. Every wedding anniversary, I think back to my wedding day, and think how I had no idea of the crazy things God had in store for us. (Like triplets, for one thing!). I would have never believed some of it. He has blessed us abundantly over the years.
    Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise´s last blog post ..HOME

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